histories were elaborate frauds. still, authorities say, he rubbed elbows with the rich and powerful, joined their churches and clubs, and then lived off of the generosity of people who thought he was the one with all the money and contacts. when they grew suspicious, he simply slipped away. then, in new york in the early 90s he took on his biggest role, clark rockefeller. he assembled an impressive art collection, almost all fakes, and he met a woman who was attracted to this charming, secretive, quirky member of one of the country's most powerful families. >> well, he was entertaining. he was educated, seemingly. he was fun to be around. he knew a little bit about everything. >> reporter: they married, had a daughter, and the child became the center of his life. so much so that when the couple divorced after 12 years and his wife got custody, he kidnaped the girl from a boston street.